Thursday, 26 May 2011

Vegan Bags

I recently got this book, Easy Crochet Bags, out of the library as a lot of the patterns were based around cotton bags for shopping, something I am thinking of creating myself.

I thought it would distract me from crocheting with wool. As you can see I've managed to crochet a star... : )

As many of you know I went vegan in my diet around this time last year but decided to continue crafting with wool. It is difficult to contemplate giving up wool as I also use a great deal of felt in my crafting. Many non-vegans will question why vegans have a problem with wool as the sheep doesn't die in the process. However, veganism means not using any animal products at all in life, so it includes buying special vegan candles, soap, not using animal manure on the garden, and not wearing leather or wool. I must admit my conscience is suffering a lot while knitting with wool and I do feel as if I'm running out of arguments for using wool as a vegan when it involves taking part in an industry which is inherently cruel towards animals.

I have a stack of wool to get rid of in my shop, and I am thinking when that's gone I won't be re-making it or buying any new stock.

So I thought I would take a look through my stash and see if there is anything I knitted out of cotton when I first started crafting a few years ago that I can unwind and crochet up into a bag.

These projects look fab. I love these two bags. They sound really easy to crochet in the round with no sewing - what heaven! And of course they fold down into a really small space to fit into your handbag.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Knitting Magazine June Issue

Regular readers of this blog will know I never stick to just one crafty magazine every month. I can do a wide variety of different crafts and can't find one to completely satisfy me enough to stick with it or subscribe to it. I wonder if magazine publishers have any plans to let you mix and match subscriptions on their titles? That would be truly great and I'm sure it would increase sales. If I could do that I would happily subscribe to 'Making Magazine', the Debbie Bliss Magazine and this one, Knitting Magazine, all published by the GMC Group, so every issue would be different.

This month's issue of Knitting Magazine is beautiful. Stunning. The photography and clothes are as aesthetically pleasing as Rowan Magazine, but often without the price tag. The book reviews in the current issue are fantastic. There are the usual craft books, but also they have included a fiction selection too.

The letters page is brilliant and I learnt of a very useful website within seconds of reading it. Jeanette Sloan is extremely knowledgable and doesn't give up if she can't give a straightforward answer to a question. The advice she gives is very technical and informative.

OK - so I admit it, I'm not planning to knit any of the patterns in the immediate future, but I'm a sucker for beautiful photography and useful hints...

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Fabric Buttons

I've started to list my new collection of fabric buttons in my etsy and folksy shops:

Blue Rose Fabric Buttons

Fabric Rose Buttons

Pink Rose Fabric Buttons

I love the way they have worked out - the motifs on quite a few of my fabrics fit the buttons perfectly. I hope you like them too!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Cabled hottie & knitted tote bag

Well, you may have noticed I've not been blogging an awful lot lately. At least I'm hoping you noticed...

I've been busy with politics but had been getting on with a few projects just before the chaos of the local election campaign began. I've been knitting my cable hottie. I love picking this up when I'm on the sofa as I know the pattern off by heart now.

I also undid a horrible v-neck jumper I knitted a couple of years ago in big wool. I finally decided I would never wear it so undid the four balls (good job too as that's worth £32). I've knitted it into a tote bag from a pattern by Kim Hargreaves:

It looks a bit of a mess at the moment as I had to improvise with the handles. I extended the pattern so the bag would be exactly A4 sized. I have a thing for A4 bags that you can slip a folder in. Don't ask me why! Perhaps it's because handbags are rarely big enough for my demands...

So anyway I ran out of dark blue wool for the handles after doing that so I had to undo a hat (which again I've never worn) for the green/blue colour to alternate for the handles. I think it should look ok. The green/blue colour will be a break from all that blue.

I can't wait to sew it together : )
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